There is so much hate! Violence against women and children has increased during the pandemic and various lockdowns. There is so much road rage. I wrote about this in my blogpost on the pandemic and on how artists stay well balanced in a world that seems to resort to aggression and depression. Because of this excess of bad temper, hate and depression is important to celebrate Valentine’s Day joyously. We all know that Valentine’s Day is a bit silly, commercially driven, and for the young.
Yet, this year is different. We have not seen our friends for ages. why not send a kind card to all your friends? There is no need to limit card sending to your lover, crush or best friend. We could spread Valentine’s cards like Christmas cards. With sending a card you are saying so much; you are saying that you thought about somebody. That thought made you buy a card. You sat down to put an address on its envelope. Even without a splendid text, you show setting some time apart for making a person realize that he/she is special to you. Add to it your name or a short text, and the message of friendship, bonding or love is sledgehammer clear.
‘Oh, that is nice!’
‘Oh, look at the card from …’
Everybody’s heart will make a little jump when being confronted with a bit of unexpected kindness. Especially in pandemic times when people, collectively, suffer from anxiety, cabin-fever, stir-craziness and easily lose their equilibrium. There is nothing wrong with a bit of extra attention and love. And the beautiful thing about mandarin ducks is that they symbolize love and friendship. Like doves and swans (ignore that ornithologists have observed a bit of adultery among these sweethearts).
Mandarin ducks melt our hearts because of their background story on their life long partnership, their cute colours and shapes, and their adorable ducklings.
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